David Beckham was a mixed bag of emotion after his son Romeo told him that he was no longer interested in a career in football.
Having ended his career as England most capped outfield player and a host of winner's medals from around the globe to boot, many have simply assumed that at least one of his three sons would inherit his footballing talent.
They have all done pretty well. Brooklyn, Romeo and Cruz have all spent time in Arsenal's famous Hale End academy this year.
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Brooklyn, 16, failed to earn a new contract and was released in February. The Daily Mail then reported in October that Romeo, 13, would also leave, but Cruz, 10, remains on the books. Brooklyn is now pursuing a career in photography rather than looking for a new club.
Romeo, who is the face of fashion giant Burberry, has since decided to follow his older brother out of the game and into other fields. It was a decision that left Beckham Sr feeling 'devasted' and 'relieved' at the same time.
He told the Radio Times Christmas issue: “The other day Romeo turned round to me and said he didn’t want to play football anymore.
"Part of me was devastated, but part of me was relieved, too. He’s got other passions and I like that.”
Beckham rarely breaks into the realms of controversial opinion, usually maintaining the highest standards of balanced, neutral views, but he broke away from that when asked about the ongoing FIFA scandal.
A large number of FIFA officials have been charged with bribery in an ongoing international investigation with the bidding process surrounding Russia 2018 and Qatar 2022 coming under particular scrutiny. Plenty of pundits believe Qatar should be stripped of the right.
Beckham does not share that belief, saying: “Whether it’s corrupt or not, those countries have been chosen. People need to get behind that. It’s all about bringing football to new countries. I think they should stick with it.”